What Is Team CCO?

Team CCO

Team CCO is Cornerstone Community Outreach’s growing fitness charity team. Team members meet together, volunteer, and challenge themselves through training and fund raising for the families and individuals sheltered at CCO. These efforts directly benefit the lives of our shelter guests and help to alleviate homelessness in Chicago.

In the past, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been the centerpiece of Team CCO’s fitness year. This year the team is offering a broad range of charitable fitness options. They are:

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle - March 30, 2014

Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race - June 1, 2014

Greater Chicago Food Depository Annual Hunger Walk- June 2014

Chicago Half Marathon – September 7, 2014

Bank of America Chicago Marathon - October 12, 2014

Click here to learn more about joining the Team!


A Letter From The Director

CCO logo Dear Friend,

This past year, 2013, has been filled with many adventures. Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) has been privileged to walk with many families and individuals as they pass through a very difficult time in their life. By the time they reach our doorstep, the majority of our shelter guests have lost everything. Unfortunately, some have suffered more loss than you and I can imagine and homelessness is just one more thing on their plate.

We are committed to partnering with our shelter guests through this time by assisting them in stabilizing their finances, housing, and ultimately their lives. It has been an honor to help those who come through our doors. It is an experience that we would not trade and we look forward to another year of serving those who are less fortunate.

Our mission at CCO is to help people recover from the hardships of homelessness with dignity while helping them restore their God-given worth and self-esteem.

In 2013, over 170 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or through street outreach. It is always a joy to see former residents proudly showing off their new apartment keys!

Every donation helps bring our homeless families and individuals one step closer to stability and permanent housing. Will you consider donating today?

- Sandra Ramsey

Executive Director, Cornerstone Community Outreach

“Addressing Homelessness, Providing Shelter, Accepting People,



Consider Donating Today



CCO Family Portrait

As many of you know, a portion of our shelter budget comes from the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services. We are experiencing a slowdown in the contract process and it is having an effect on our program budget. Due to the delay, we are experiencing an ever tightening operating budget. We need a boost to get us through this anticipated delay. Please consider contributing to this very urgent and current need. We appreciate whatever you can give.

Sandra Ramsey,

Executive Director


Providing Shelter is Important

Homelessness in ChicagoProviding shelter is important and this image reflects that. What you don’t see in this photo is two people sleeping behind the plywood structure, one of them requiring a wheelchair for mobility. It shouldn’t be this way. Shelters are a critical part of breaking the chain of homelessness. Support CCO’s shelter programs by clicking on the Donate button above.

Thank you!

Giving Tuesday?

You might be asking yourself what is Giving Tuesday? We’ve had Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday but a new tradition has begun, Giving Tuesday. The intention behind Giving Tuesday is to bring the needs of others into focus after a holiday weekend that has consuming at it’s core.
Will you consider giving to the work of CCO this Giving Tuesday? Your donation will insure that we can provide shelter and supportive services to everyone who comes through our doors.
You can Donate Now by clicking the button above.
Thank You!